Winter care for backyard birds by GiMi53 ()
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Backyard birds need our helping hands.
Helping out nature instead of taking from her…
Winter is the season when supplemental feeding may contribute the most to songbird health and survival. During this season, the abundance of berries, fruits, and especially insects, (which represent the bulk of most songbirds' diets during the warmer months), has dwindled to the point where resident species must shift their diets to seeds and fruits to survive.
Individual birds may indeed live or die depending on whether we stay alert to their changing needs during foul weather episodes. In general, the smaller the bird, the greater the challenge it faces in coping with winter's long nights, cold temperatures, and diminished food supply. But any bird will benefit from a dependable source of daily nutrition and from some built-up fat reserves that provide it with an internal, emergency energy source.
Thank you for your comments on my previous upload:
"lighting the Christmas market ! "
Image Comments (29)
durleybeachbum () 7:49AM | Mon, 29 December 2008
Super shot! All my feeders have to be squirrel-proof. This net would last less than 5 minutes! I love the confident pose!
JaneEden () 7:58AM | Mon, 29 December 2008
This is a beautiful capture of a delightful Blue Tit getting a helping hand. Don't worry I feed the birds this way, and I haven't had any problems with squirrels here, thank goodness. Your intro is very interesting and yes it is good to help the vulnerable creatures, when the weather turns bad. Happy New Year hugs Jane xx
tennesseecowgirl () 8:10AM | Mon, 29 December 2008
I am going to have to make some of those for the birds here, great idea.
flora-crassella () 8:48AM | Mon, 29 December 2008
w o n d e r f u l !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
awjay () 9:48AM | Mon, 29 December 2008
super diy job... like andrea said tho mine would have to be squirrel proof ..
MrsLubner () 11:18AM | Mon, 29 December 2008
Every little bit of this is brilliant. A well done pov and natural looking composition.
Firesnuffer () 12:36PM | Mon, 29 December 2008
Great shot and sentiment! the birds are already about to eat me out of house and home, LOL!
CavalierLady () 1:12PM | Mon, 29 December 2008
Beautiful shot of this lovely blue tit! Bravo for you for feeding them in winter!
Abatar () 4:25PM | Mon, 29 December 2008
Wonderful Work!!! _./'._¸¸.•¤¤•.¸.•¤¤•.. •. .• HAPPY NEW YEAR * * /.••.¸..•¤¤•.,.•¤¤•. __000000____0000000____0000000_____0000000 _00000000__000000000__000000000____00___00 _00____00__00_____00__00_____00____00___00 ______00___00_____00__00_____00____00___00 _____00____00_____00__00_____00____0000000 ____00_____00_____00__00_____00_________00 ___00______00_____00__00_____00_________00 _00000000__000000000__000000000_________00 0000000000__0000000____0000000_____0000000
babuci () 7:30PM | Mon, 29 December 2008
Nice thoughts and a wonderful capture. Realy like a quality of this shot.Sharp where is should be.
bmac62 () 8:57AM | Tue, 30 December 2008
Beautiful little bird. You are so right about the value of placing food outside during the winter months...been saying that to myself since October. Now, I'll stop thinking about it and do it! Great job. Bill
lajasmine () 7:29AM | Wed, 31 December 2008
UNe photo très artisanal ..msgnifique elle est et bonne année 2009
jinet () 4:15AM | Fri, 09 January 2009
J'adore ces photos de passereaux et je sais combien il est difficile de capturer le portrait de ces oiseaux qui ne tiennent pas en place ! Belle réussite.